Debating hip replacement

Posted by flowerchild65 @flowerchild65, Jun 22, 2020

I am only 54 but have osteoarthritis in both hips to the point they can give out. I don’t want surgery but need it. Anyone have success stories or tips to share?

@cwle

I had my right hip replaced on 8/20/20 (this is 9/25/20) and have been walking without a cane for over two weeks. I carry it with me for long walks per the PT directions. Have had little pain. I stayed one night and before being released I had to show that I could walk with a walker and was given PT on how to get into and out of vehicle as well as how to climb and descend steps. I think you could do the steps following the right instructions but initially definitely not be attempting to carry laundry up and down steps! My experience with the surgery was good – no issues of any significance. Can provide you more information if you have questions. Don't put it off if you are in regular pain and you are being limited by the hip. I even mowed my lawn this week – taking advantage of the self propelled feature so it was almost like using a walker! I was allowed to drive after my first PT session when I was assessed. – three weeks after surgery and making my wife happy!

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My surgery was on 8/3/20 with the anterior approach which was great since they didn't cut through muscle. No PT, just exercises at home and walking. I have no restrictions and back to work putting in about 17,000 steps a day but I am still very stiff and have painful muscles (part of this may be from my Fibromyalgia). This is apparently normal so I keep on moving. Next one will be done on 11/3/20. Looking forward to being done with both and hunkering down with my elliptical. 😉

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@weezy1939 I had total hip replacement the day you wrote. I am legally blind so used a walker for a month and then used a cane for a few days but found it was a hazard because of my lack of sight. I am 80 years old and walk a few miles every day without pain. I have also started gardening. I would not be afraid to have my other hip replaced if needed.

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@flowerchild65

I did it! I am about six weeks post hip replacement and am ready to get the other one done! It was a relatively easy recovery as my surgeon did the anterior approach. Ditched the Rx and walker at a week and just kept moving. The most important thing to remember is that you are not harming yourself when it hurts and it is just part of the process to healing. If you don't move, you won't be happy with the results. Do the exercises, walk and be positive-it worked for me!

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I too was thrilled with the relief I got from hip replacement, and at 7 weeks jumped in and had the second one done. Not my best plan! Two major surgeries so close together with general anesthesia were very hard on my body. Tackling recovery on a second hip before the first was 100% healed and back to full strength was difficult. And I was of ideal weight, had good strength, and was under 60.

When they had to be replaced a few years ago (recalled implants that failed and are no longer on market) the surgeon insisted on 4 full months between operations and recovery was much easier, even though by then I had developed othe rhealth issues.

I wholeheartedly recommend replacement of no longer working joints, followed by rehab exercises to retrain your body to stop limping.
Sue

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@flowerchild65

My surgery was on 8/3/20 with the anterior approach which was great since they didn't cut through muscle. No PT, just exercises at home and walking. I have no restrictions and back to work putting in about 17,000 steps a day but I am still very stiff and have painful muscles (part of this may be from my Fibromyalgia). This is apparently normal so I keep on moving. Next one will be done on 11/3/20. Looking forward to being done with both and hunkering down with my elliptical. 😉

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One issue I have had six weeks since hip surgery is a sudden episode of knee and shin pain on the right hip side that was replaced.. Have arthritics in both knees but haven't had this pain before. Waiting or a Dr visit to determine what is going on. Some comments indicate that if your leg had been shorter due to hip issues that getting the right length back and learning the proper walking gait again may create some temporary knee issues that seem related to the knee patella.

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@cwle

One issue I have had six weeks since hip surgery is a sudden episode of knee and shin pain on the right hip side that was replaced.. Have arthritics in both knees but haven't had this pain before. Waiting or a Dr visit to determine what is going on. Some comments indicate that if your leg had been shorter due to hip issues that getting the right length back and learning the proper walking gait again may create some temporary knee issues that seem related to the knee patella.

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Your analysis is right on – many surgeons use the opportunity of joint replacement to equalize long-term leg inequalities. Mine manifested as back pain. The ortho doc referred me for PT and "gait training" to retrain my body, and the issue eventually went away. There are other possibilities as well, related to nerves healing or another issue, so it is important to have it evaluated.
Sue

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I'm at the point where I may need to think about a hip replacement. I don't have pain during the day but I do when I'm sleeping due to being a side sleeper. It's mostly with my right hip. I've concentrated on losing weight which I know should help and I'm sorry I didn't focus on weight loss earlier in my life. I subscribe to emails from McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and saw this one this morning that might be helpful for those of us with osteoarthritis of the hips. It's a free online course plus you can download and print exercises for the knees and hips.

Osteoarthritis and Exercise – Learn how to best manage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee with exercise. Reduce your symptoms and improve your mobility.
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/e-learning/mobility

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@johnbishop

I'm at the point where I may need to think about a hip replacement. I don't have pain during the day but I do when I'm sleeping due to being a side sleeper. It's mostly with my right hip. I've concentrated on losing weight which I know should help and I'm sorry I didn't focus on weight loss earlier in my life. I subscribe to emails from McMaster Optimal Aging Portal and saw this one this morning that might be helpful for those of us with osteoarthritis of the hips. It's a free online course plus you can download and print exercises for the knees and hips.

Osteoarthritis and Exercise – Learn how to best manage osteoarthritis of the hip and knee with exercise. Reduce your symptoms and improve your mobility.
https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org/e-learning/mobility

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Hello, the only thing I would suggest prior to hip replacement would be to hove allergy testing done. I am 70 and never had any allergies. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the testing done prior to surgery. I never thought it. Turned out I am allergic to two things, neomycin sulfate, and methyl methacrylate. Which is in the bone cement! All cements have this ingredient! If you don’t have pain while walking, I’d say stay away from surgery until it has totally interfered with the quality of your life. Good luck.

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@irish283

Hello, the only thing I would suggest prior to hip replacement would be to hove allergy testing done. I am 70 and never had any allergies. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the testing done prior to surgery. I never thought it. Turned out I am allergic to two things, neomycin sulfate, and methyl methacrylate. Which is in the bone cement! All cements have this ingredient! If you don’t have pain while walking, I’d say stay away from surgery until it has totally interfered with the quality of your life. Good luck.

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I agree about when to seek surgery – when it interferes with mobility, time to do it. If it's merely uncomfortable, try less drastic measures first. I couldn't walk up steps without pulling myself up on the railing before mine were done.

I will tell you, rehabbing from a hip replacement is a piece of cake compared to knee surgery. I had a "rebuild" not a replacement at 44, and the rehab took over 6 months of twice a day exercise – by 6 months I rehabbed both hips completely after surgeries 8 weeks apart and was swing dancing often.

Sue

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@irish283

Hello, the only thing I would suggest prior to hip replacement would be to hove allergy testing done. I am 70 and never had any allergies. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the testing done prior to surgery. I never thought it. Turned out I am allergic to two things, neomycin sulfate, and methyl methacrylate. Which is in the bone cement! All cements have this ingredient! If you don’t have pain while walking, I’d say stay away from surgery until it has totally interfered with the quality of your life. Good luck.

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I also never thought of having allergies relating to a hip replacement. Thank you so much for the info, I will surely keep that in mind.

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@flowerchild65

My surgery was on 8/3/20 with the anterior approach which was great since they didn't cut through muscle. No PT, just exercises at home and walking. I have no restrictions and back to work putting in about 17,000 steps a day but I am still very stiff and have painful muscles (part of this may be from my Fibromyalgia). This is apparently normal so I keep on moving. Next one will be done on 11/3/20. Looking forward to being done with both and hunkering down with my elliptical. 😉

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How did your second replacement go?

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I had my left hip done nearly 6 years ago and I regret ever having it done. I am in pain all the time. I can walk and use stairs but nothing really helps..I use tramadol and gabapentiine as well as Advil, Aleve ,Tylenol, hot and cold packs and hip exexercises. No doctor has helped me.

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@popolopo

I had my left hip done nearly 6 years ago and I regret ever having it done. I am in pain all the time. I can walk and use stairs but nothing really helps..I use tramadol and gabapentiine as well as Advil, Aleve ,Tylenol, hot and cold packs and hip exexercises. No doctor has helped me.

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Wow, that is awful news. So sorry to hear that. Makes me very nervous to have mine done.

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